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Fifth Year Anniversary Celebration: Where Are They Now?

By Marilyn Baron

Last year, I went to see Skyfall, the new James Bond thriller. At the end of the movie, they announced it was the 50th anniversary of the franchise. I couldn’t believe it had been 50 years. How old did that make me? Don’t answer that. In going back over my records, I realized that the Petit Fours and Hot Tamales are about to enter our fifth year as a blog. Also hard to believe.

We published our first post on Dec. 28, 2008, and officially launched our new site on January 1, 2009. Back then, we had 19 members. The numbers have fluctuated. We’ve changed our look. We’ve honed our mission:


Hungry for a Great Read? The Petit Fours and Hot Tamales Blog serves up something for every taste—a selection of literary styles to satisfy any palate—from sweet inspiration to hot and spicy and everything in between. Find the voices that speak to you.

Members have come and gone for a variety of reasons, but to celebrate this special anniversary, we’ve invited some of our former members back to find out what they’ve been up to.

Nicki Salcedo. I received my second Maggie Award of Excellence; I had a baby; wrote a local parenting column for a year;

was a RWA Golden Heart Finalist; and sold my first book to Belle Bridge Books for publication in 2013. I still blog when I can and hope to be a guest on PF&HT soon! I can be found online at Facebook, Twitter, or It’s Only a Novel

Tamara LeBlanc. I’ve been very fortunate over the past few years, and have much to be thankful for. I’m married to an amazing man that I love with all my heart, have two children I adore (one in college and the other in tenth grade) and just recently I acquired one of the best agents on the planet, Nicole Riscinitti of the Seymour Agency. Best wishes to all of you for a happy and healthy New Year!

Christine Glover. Since I left the PF&HT, I’ve been super busy with my writing. I completed another manuscript, triple finaled and won the Linda Howard Award of Excellence in 2012, and have received serious editorial interest from Harlequin Mills & Boon. A wonderful published writer read one of partials and recommended me to her editor over at Harlequin Mills & Boon. And since then I’ve worked with her on one story which, while not suited to the line, led to a request for a new partial. I completed that and sent it in. Now I wait for her reply. Does she want more? I hope so. But if now, I’m already busy writing a new story for the line. It’s been very exciting.

 I’ve also taken the time to get my very own Web site set up. Here’s the link: It’s basic, but it pleases me tremendously. I have also taken on the mantle of overall contest coordinator for my Southern Magic Writing Chapter. Stay tuned for more information about the 2013 Linda Howard Award of Excellence Contest!!  I miss all my PF&HT sisters and wish you continued success. Hope to be a Guest Chef one day soon. Hugs to All!!

Sally Kilpatrick. What a year! This year I signed with Nikki Terpilowski of Holloway Literary Agency, finaled in the Golden Heart, and won the coveted Sandra Chastain Award. On the healthy side of things I ran my first 10k, my first 10 miler, and signed up for my first half-marathon. Personally, I have some talented kiddos and am about to celebrate 15 years of marriage!
Tami Brothers has been keeping busy with The Kid, the husband, the day job, the various pets, the many classes required for her training program and, of course, the writing. She currently has two short stories and one novella published, with three full- length books scheduled for release in 2013. When she’s not doing all that, she can be found sitting on the couch with her Kindle. For fun, she is highlighting her quest for organization on her personal blog this year. If you’d like to commiserate with her on whether or not she should keep those five used cell phones (“just in case,” as her hubby likes to put it), then check out her blog the first Monday of every month. She is also highlighting some guest bloggers and their organization quests as well. You can find out more about Tami and her books at
We’ll also be introducing some new members to the blog and you’ll be hearing from them in the coming weeks. Throughout the month, to commemorate our anniversary, we’re offering daily prizes. And at the end of the month, one lucky commenter will win a $50 gift card to Barnes & Noble or Amazon.

We have an exciting 2013 planned. We’ll start off the year with our anniversary party and end with free reads in December. In between, we’re offering our regular features: Recipe for Success Write-Off ;  Travelogues; Participation in the Brenda Novak Diabetes Auction; Guest Chefs (guest bloggers) every Wednesday; and we’re going to announce some new changes in the way we communicate to you.

Starting in February, join us in our new Southern Plantation home, where Magnolia Peach, our ‘house mama’ (Miss Maggie), the matriarch of the house, likes to fuss over guests and entertain. Miss Maggie will be offering a comfy chair, a willing ear and a tall glass of sweet iced tea to go with a steady supply of Hot Tamales, Petit Fours and a few delicious fixins in between. So stop by each day, enjoy our famous Southern hospitality and join the conversation. Pull up a chair on our verandah where love is always in the air. Stick around. Sit a spell and help us watch the kudzu grow. We’re storytellers, eager to share our space with friends, old and new.

We are so grateful for our wonderful readers and we’re thankful you are taking this journey with us.

One lucky commenter will receive a$10 Amazon gift card.

Mary Preston - January 1, 2013 - 2:44 am

Time certainly does fly by. It’s interesting to look back & then reflect on what you have achieved in that time. It’s always a pleasant surprise I find.

I always love a great read.

I’m looking forward to the times ahead.

Marilyn Baron - January 1, 2013 - 5:24 am

Thank you for your continued support of the blog. We really appreciate your interest and your comments. Happy New Year.

Maureen - January 1, 2013 - 5:55 am

Congratulations on five great years. It sounds like an exciting month on the blog and I am looking forward to seeing what each day brings.

Marilyn Baron - January 1, 2013 - 7:04 am

Thank you so much for your good wishes and for taking this journey with us.

Debbie Kaufman - January 1, 2013 - 9:54 am

So fun to see some of the writing progress and life successes of our previous PFHT members! My, my, how time has flown.

Marilyn Baron - January 1, 2013 - 12:01 pm

I agree, Debbie. Time has flown by. It has been nice to follow the progress of some of our former blogging sisters.

Linsey Lanier - January 1, 2013 - 12:50 pm

It’s so good to hear from our former PFHT sisters and to learn what they’ve been accomplishing in their lives. Some things I didn’t know about! Congratulations to them all.

Thanks for a great kickoff to 2013, Marilyn. It promises to be a terrific year. :)

Marilyn Baron - January 1, 2013 - 1:17 pm

Thanks, Linsey. Here’s to a great 2013 for everyone.

Maggie Montgomery - January 1, 2013 - 1:20 pm

It must be lovely to know you’ve built something that’s touched so many people and helped so many authors along their paths :-) I hope we can say the same someday!

Marilyn Baron - January 1, 2013 - 1:31 pm

Thank you,Maggie. What a beautiful sentiment. We appreciate your comment and support.

Carol Burnside - January 1, 2013 - 5:08 pm

It’s great to hear all the wonderful things that have happened for our former members. Wow. Starting our 5th year already.

Tamara LeBlanc - January 1, 2013 - 5:24 pm

WOW!!! Five years? Already?
So awesome!!! You ladies should be so proud of your acomplishments!
Loved reading the blurbs :)
I’m so thrilled for all of the PFHTs!!!
Here’s to many, many, many more wonderful years to come.
Have a wonderful 2013!!!

Marilyn Baron - January 1, 2013 - 6:32 pm


It is great to hear about everyone’s success.

Tamara, congratulations on your success and happy new year to you and all of our readers.

Sia Huff - January 1, 2013 - 8:03 pm

How wonderful to catch up with everyone. Thanks for pulling this together, Marilyn.
Happy 2013 to all our readers. Hope this upcoming year is fantastic for each of you.

Marilyn Baron - January 1, 2013 - 8:38 pm

Thanks, Sia.

Pam Asberry - January 1, 2013 - 9:23 pm

It was great to catch up with everyone, Marilyn. I am happy and proud to be a part of this sisterhood and look forward to great things for all of us in 2013!

Sandy Elzie - January 2, 2013 - 9:33 am

Hi Marilyn,
I just got back to reading…I was a couple of days behind…and you had a very interesting article. Thanks for your continued over-the-top work on the blog.

Anonymous - January 2, 2013 - 12:04 pm

Thank you Sandy. I appreciate it. And Pam, I’m looking forward to another banner year.

Susan Carlisle - January 2, 2013 - 6:15 pm

What a great way to start the new year off with a bang. I’m so glad to be a member of this group.

Maxine - January 2, 2013 - 9:33 pm

Marilyn, I came by and commented. The computer was a little wonky yesterday and the day before. I don’t see my comment, but it was great hearing from former PFHTs. They have gave us some great books and I’m looking forward to some more this year, ladies.

Marilyn Baron - January 3, 2013 - 12:28 am

I agree Susan and Maxine.

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